Volunteer Opportunities

Grossmont Middle College High School does not require volunteer hours for graduation. However, community service hours may be a requirement or may be of benefit on a college application. Listed below is information about volunteer opportunities. believes teenagers and young people everywhere can improve their community. This website aims to inspire, empower, and celebrate a generation of doers: young people who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action. is a website that mobilizes and empowers the volunteer service community to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing local communities. Since its inception, has enabled millions of youth volunteers to connect with local nonprofits to make a difference in communities throughout America.

Volunteer San Diego (or call 858-636-4131) is a nonprofit organization, directs capacity-building programs and services that engage volunteers in working hand-in-hand with nonprofit agencies to develop strong and vibrant communities.

Volunteer Match: strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer, and business leaders committed to civic engagement. This popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred internet recruiting tool for more than 63,000 nonprofit organizations.

American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has state divisions and more than 3,400 local offices. The San Diego County Office is at 2655 Camino Del Rio North, Ste 100 San Diego, CA 92108; Phone: (619)299-4200 Fax: (619)296-0928.

American Red Cross San Diego - The five-step enrollment process may take up to one month to complete. The Volunteer Resource Department will be available to help guide you through the application process. Please contact them at or 858.309.1261 if you have any questions about the process.

Birch Aqaurium: Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and able to commit to working a minimum of four shifts per month for a period of at least six months. We are open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week, and most shifts are 9:00am-1:00pm or 1:00pm-5:00pm. Please note that all volunteer and internship positions at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps are unpaid. Contact the volunteer department at (858)822-4934 or complete an application online.

El Cajon Community Development,168 East Main Street, El Cajon, CA 92020,  (619) 401-8858

* Must be at least 14 years of age and have parent permission if younger than 18.
* Must attend volunteer interview/orientation.
* Must review and sign volunteer code of conduct and waiver.

Food Bank: 

Friends of County Animal Shelters San Diego (FOCUS) is a volunteer, non-profit organization formed to provide shelter to animals: North (Carlsbad), South (Bonita), and Central San Diego. Phone (619) 685-3536 for more information.

Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council, Inc. 1231 Upas Street, San Diego, CA 92103 
619.298.8391 or 800.643.4798.

Habitat for 10222 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego CA 92108, (619) 283-4663. Building for the future through Habitat for Humanity, young people have the opportunity to put faith into action, to partner with a diverse group of people, and to make a positive impact in their communities. 

Youth ages 16 and older
Volunteers 16 and older are welcome at construction sites. It is up to the house leaders for a given house project to decide what duties youth volunteers may do at a work site. This decision will be made for each house and could vary from week to week. Generally, activities can include all phases of construction except those activities involving power tools and heavy machinery.

Volunteers aged 16 and 17 who are present on the job site must have a release signed by a parent or guardian allowing permission to volunteer on a construction site. Only individuals over age 18 are permitted to do actual construction, but 16 and 17-year-olds may help on-site with painting and cleanup duties. To ensure proper supervision, there will be a minimum of one adult for every two volunteers under the age of 18. Again, it is highly recommended that a parent or guardian accompany their child to the work site. 


Alvarado Hospital: 6645 Alvarado Road, San Diego, CA 92120, (619) 229-4619

Childrens Hospital: (858) 966-4021

Grossmont Hospital: Volunteer Information (619) 740-4175

I Love a Clean San Diego Through outreach, community involvement and example, I Love A Clean San Diego leads and educates our community to actively conserve and enhance the environment. 4891 Pacific Highway Suite 115, San Diego, CA 92110, Phone: (619) 291-0103 ext. 3014

La Mesa Community Services: 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, CA 91941, (619) 667-1333
Contact: Michele Greenberg-McClung

LIBRARIES (click on branch listings)

La Mesa Branch: 8055 University Avenue,La Mesa, CA 91941,(619) 469-2151
El Cajon Branch: 201 E. Douglas, El Cajon, CA 92020, (619) 588-3718

Lemon Grove Branch: 8073 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA 91945, (619) 463-9819

Spring Valley Branch: 836 Kempton Street, Spring Valley, CA 91977, (619) 463-3006

Meals On Wheels: San Diego Ave. Suite 200, San Diego, Ca. 92110

Mission Trails Regional Park: Visitor Center Director & Volunteer Opportunities, David Lee, (619) 668-3278,

Volunteers are a driving force of the MS movement. Join the movement today and use your gifts of time and talent to enhance the lives of those living with MS. For more information about volunteering, contact at 760-448-8416. 

READ - San Diego: is a literacy program for families with children under 5 years of age. Various programs available in English and Spanish. Teens ages 13 and up will volunteer with the Childrens Literacy program. 18 years and up will assist with the Adult Literacy program. (619) 527-5475

Regency Park La Mesa Retirement Residence: 5740 Lake Murray Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91942, Activities Director, Darcy Grundy, (619) 464-6801

Ronald McDonald House: 3101 Berger Avenue, San Diego, California 92123, Contact: Gabi (858) 292-7413

Salvation Army6737 University Ave., San Diego, CA, (619) 269-1498
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is a 12-acre family support, education, recreation, and cultural arts center.

San Diego Humane Society and SPCA Minors 16-17 years old may volunteer alone and can assist in departments that do not specify a minimum age requirement. Minor volunteers must meet the commitment requirement for the department they are volunteering in. For more information on program qualifications, please call the Education Department at (619) 299-7012 ext. 2251.

San Diego March Of Dimes Sky Park Court, Suite 250, San Diego, CA 92123-4383, (858) 576-1211 

St. Vincent De Paul: General Information: (619) 645-6411
Volunteer Coordinator: (619) 687-1073

United Way of San Diego: 4699 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92123-5371, (858) 492-2000